Lesson Plans

Learning Inside Out is a seven-week course of activities curated from the LSF's Resources4Rethinking database, with themes from the Step Outside Nature Guides and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover everything from climate change to equity. Different activities are listed for different age groups from K-12.

The Alberta Capital Airshed (ACA) provides unit plans for Grade 5 and Grade 9 containing ready-to-go classroom PowerPoint presentations, teacher's guides, and classroom activities. 

Ever Active Schools uses the Comprehensive School Health framework to support schools, providing professional development opportunities, lesson plans and other resources, and an EAS in residence program to help schools develop a custom plan for improving school health.

The Into Nature guide from Back to Nature Network contains helpful tips on how to start an outdoor education program in your teaching. The second half features dozens of activities (beginning on page 24). More detailed lesson plans begin on page 51.

Teaching the 4 Elements by Shelagh Pyper from Fuse Consulting says, "Children lead with their hands, not their minds. In order for them to develop a relationship with the natural elements of Wind, Water, Earth and Fire (i.e. a connection to Nature) they need to explore the magic and wonder of these things with all their senses." 

 

Enhancing Student Voice through Climate Change Education is a DRAFT resource for high school teachers to help them teach environmental and energy topics such as climate change. The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) and the Environmental Law Centre worked on this together in 2017/18 and although funding did not permit us to complete this work, we do believe it is of high value and that it represents some of our favourite activities (which are denoted by an asterisk in the table of contents). In this spirit, and with that caveat, we offer it to the community for use.

Scroll down to view lesson plans, which include a biodiversity tally, soil moisture testing with easy to find materials, daily weather recording, and more!

Scroll down to Resources for Teachers or Resources for Parents and Guardians to download your free guides today!

The Nature For All Discovery Zone is a searchable database of videos, lesson plans, comic books, and colouring books to help connect people with nature, instill a love of nature, and learn about nature wherever you are. The database also features guidebooks with tips for organizations on how to introduce young learners to nature and encourage more people to get outdoors!

The Learn at Home resources topics include oceans, biodiversity, mapping, citizen science, extreme weather, energy efficiency, agriculture, and more!